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So thee be quiet 900W psu is useless for the SLI GTX 580 set up I take it Lol
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Well the best place to ask that question would be in the PSU section and there you would be able to get answers from very experienced people about your particular power supply and whether or not it is a good one or not. What I can tell you though is that a quality 900w unit would be more than enough for 2 580s and any sort of reasonable system to go with it.
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Alright, I got the PSU more or less sorted out for the set up now,

Ive been looking at 580's, and I'm looking to either go for 2 of:

MSI GeForce GTX 580 Twin FrozR II 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...14&subcat=1812

Or 2 of:

Asus GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...14&subcat=1812

I will be using both the first and last PCI-E lanes on my motherboard, although I have heard that the Asus cards are bulky and can be abit of a squeeze. What would you guys go with out of these two? I'm looking for cool cards and preferably something that would overclock good if I wanted to bearing that I am running these on air.
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Alright, I got the PSU more or less sorted out for the set up now,

Ive been looking at 580's, and I'm looking to either go for 2 of:

MSI GeForce GTX 580 Twin FrozR II 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...14&subcat=1812

Or 2 of:

Asus GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...14&subcat=1812

I will be using both the first and last PCI-E lanes on my motherboard, although I have heard that the Asus cards are bulky and can be abit of a squeeze. What would you guys go with out of these two? I'm looking for cool cards and preferably something that would overclock good if I wanted to bearing that I am running these on air.
Honestly, my personal preference is for a card with the stock cooler, especially if you are planning to separate them like how you described (which is what I am currently doing ). This is because I prefer to have my cards exhaust the majority of the heat directly out of the case, whereas these two cards have the tendency to leave some inside. Plus, the stock cooler does a fine job as is anyway. If you are looking for extreme overclocks, you're better off taming those temps with watercooling as they will most likely exceed the capabilities of any aircooler.

Also, I'd rather preserve as many expansion slots as I can since I do like having a dedicated sound card, and may even look into a RAID card in the future. Having the bulky Asus card does not leave much room for expansion, and going with the MSI card will likely result in higher temps if I block the airflow with any expansion card.

That's why it really depends on how much more you plan on adding/upgrading your system.

But if I had to pick between the two, I'd go for the MSI as it is a little cheaper, less bulky, same general warranty more or less with Asus, and looks better in my opinion.
     
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Honestly, my personal preference is for a card with the stock cooler, especially if you are planning to separate them like how you described (which is what I am currently doing ). This is because I prefer to have my cards exhaust the majority of the heat directly out of the case, whereas these two cards have the tendency to leave some inside. Plus, the stock cooler does a fine job as is anyway. If you are looking for extreme overclocks, you're better off taming those temps with watercooling as they will most likely exceed the capabilities of any aircooler.

Also, I'd rather preserve as many expansion slots as I can since I do like having a dedicated sound card, and may even look into a RAID card in the future. Having the bulky Asus card does not leave much room for expansion, and going with the MSI card will likely result in higher temps if I block the airflow with any expansion card.

That's why it really depends on how much more you plan on adding/upgrading your system.

But if I had to pick between the two, I'd go for the MSI as it is a little cheaper, less bulky, same general warranty more or less with Asus, and looks better in my opinion.
So you would say the exhaust cards would be better? I do however have two fans on the top of my case pushing the hot air out.
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So you would say the exhaust cards would be better? I do however have two fans on the top of my case pushing the hot air out.
It's down to personal preference and personal tolerance in terms of acceptable temps, loudness and looks. My top card never gets past 75C anyway with my fan profile and the loudness of the fans doesn't bother me, unlike the stock fan on the HD5970, which I upgraded from. The clean, stock look is just icing on top to me.

In the end, no matter which one you choose, you'll still be getting a GTX 580 (or two) so pick what fits your other personal requirements.
     
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It's down to personal preference and personal tolerance in terms of acceptable temps, loudness and looks. My top card never gets past 75C anyway with my fan profile and the loudness of the fans doesn't bother me, unlike the stock fan on the HD5970, which I upgraded from. The clean, stock look is just icing on top to me.

In the end, no matter which one you choose, you'll still be getting a GTX 580 (or two) so pick what fits your other personal requirements.
What kinds of fan speeds do you have set to your cards on your fan profile?
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What kinds of fan speeds do you have set to your cards on your fan profile?
Here's a screenshot:




Keep in mind, I only have GTX 570's right now. When I get my 580's I'm sure I will have to tweak them again to suit my needs.
     
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